Social Design Insights is a podcast of conversations with leading designers who discuss innovative projects and practices that use design to address pressing social justice issues.
Eric Cesal, former director at Architecture for Humanity and author of “Down Detour Road, An Architect in Search of Practice,” has joined forces with the Curry Stone Foundation, best known by public interest designers for their highly sought after Curry Stone Design Prize, as host of the Social Design Insights Podcast. Episodes are half an hour and focus on a specific topic, currently “Engaging + Reframing the ‘Refugee’ Crisis”. I cannot wait to hear more!
Listen now to Episode 110 | Cities of the Future, Cities of the Past with Kilian Kleinschmidt, a humanitarian expert who has worked with UNHCR and as Director of one of the largest Syrian refugee camps in Jordan.
The University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation is currently hosting a new exhibit in partnership with ArtPlace America at the Kibel Gallery in College Park, MD.
10 Sectors, 10 Solutions: Artists and Community Change highlights 10 creative placemaking projects from around the country, each addressing a community in need, and each working within a traditional community planning and development sector.
Don’t miss the gallery talk, Creative Placemaking in Context on Monday, October 29, 2018 from 12pm-2pm, moderated by Adam Erickson with ArtPlace America. The conversation will include local artist Cassie Meador with Dance Exchange in Maryland and Carlton Turner with the Mississippi Center for Cultural Production, both who have creative placemaking projects in the exhibit.
The exhibit is free to the public and will run through January 1, 2019.
Inscape Publico, a nonprofit architecture firm in Washington DC, is hosting it’s 2nd annual Social Impact Design Celebration. It is the social event for all of those supporting social impact design in architecture, design, development, and construction in the DC area. Tickets include hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music, unique silent auction items, and a chance to meet and view the work of leaders in the field. All proceeds will support the mission of Inscape Publico.
And…you can enter to win a new ‘Handsome Devil’ bicycle, valued at $1,200. Drawing will take place on Nov 2, 2016 at the Social Impact Design Celebration (need not be present to win). Bike raffle tickets here.
See more about Inscape Publico. Event tickets here.
What is human-centered design?
It’s a process that starts with the people you’re designing for and ends with new solutions that are tailor made to suit their needs.
Advance your social impact skills this year by taking a free course on human-centered design. The design kit and online course are organized by Acumen and IDEO.org.
The Course for Human-Centered Design is a seven-week curriculum that will introduce you to the concepts of human-centered design and how this approach can be used to create innovative, effective, and sustainable solutions for social change.
The course starts February 16, 2016 and runs through April. Folks are responsible for assembling a team of 2-6 who can meet in person 5 times for each 5-hour session.
Read more about the course and other offerings on the Acumen website.
There’s a reason you became an architect. It wasn’t just about buildings. It was about people; it was about making communities more livable.
Inscape Publico awarded Joel Mills, the Director of the American Institute for Architects’ Center for Communities by Design, with an Excellence in Social Impact Design Award. This arm of the AIA has worked with cities nationally to address all sorts of issues like density, livability, and resiliency, through their Sustainable Design Assessment Teams and Regional/Urban Design Assessment Teams. They organize week-long community engagement workshops with experts and stakeholders to analyze urban conditions and design ways to address them.
The Center is a leading provider of pro bono technical assistance and participatory planning for community sustainability. Through its design assistance programs, the Center has worked in over 200 communities across 47 states.
See more about Communities by Design here.